The true spirit of nationalism


All one remembers from 14th August is enthusiasm, excitement, the parade, speeches by politicians and the “spirit of nationalism”. Again, as the day draws near, people are busy buying national flags and clothes with the national flag imprinted on them. The bazaars and homes are fully decorated with green and white lights. Children are desperate […]

Plato, allegory of cave and Pakistan


Plato is one of the greatest philosophers the world has ever seen. Establishing one of its kind academy for higher studies in Athens, he, along with his teacher Socrates and student, Aristotle laid the foundations of Greek philosophy.  People are inspired from his work even today and often find it relatable to their lives. One […]

Nukes are not nuts!


The stranglehold of Islamic State (ISIS) in Middle Eastern states, expanding tentacles in Eastern Afghanistan and its wildfire movement across borders has lately pulled out several ‘hypothetical scenarios’ involving allegiance of it obtaining the most destructive weapon, the ‘nuclear weapon’. Specifically, given the emerging monstrous face of group in Afghanistan, the footprints of IS has […]

Poor people, please…


As most of us know, the katchi abaadi of I-11 has been cleared, Islamabad has been cleansed of this large terrorist stain on its beautiful, glorious, don’t-touch-me-you-filth face. Our great city has been restored to its former glory, it has survived. There’s good news for the rest of us too: these dwellers of the abaadi […]

Zardari’s dilemma and PPP’s resurrection


The political landscape of Pakistan is in tatters after Zardari’s stridulous speech. The parlance was a frantic outburst given the mounting pressure on Pakistan Peoples Party in the wake of operation in Karachi. It’s been a month but still PPP and military’s leaderships are at odds with one another. The critics hold it as a […]

The Bangladesh dominion


Let me start off by saying, aren’t these Bangladeshi batsmen a delight to watch? I mean, who thought the class and poise of Yuvraj Singh would be manifested in 22 year old Soumya Sarkar’s strokeplay? Perhaps very little did, and even fewer expected this to define the story of contemporary Bangladeshi cricket: a maturity beyond […]

Pakistan’s minorities: A case of systematic marginalization


“India grants citizenship to 4300 refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan” read a recent news headline circulating in the media.  As a Pakistani, this headline carried more heartache than surprise. At a time when the Pakistani social media is abuzz with underlining the plight of the minority Rohingya-Muslim community of Myanmar, minorities and marginalized groups in […]

The importance of Benazir’s glamour: reconciling beauty and wit


We all grow up in a patriarchal world; girls are the ones that get the brunt of it. We are boxed and oppressed; many are second class citizens in their own homes and some slightly more fortunate ones face this via media and society. These same girls grow up to be complex women, brave women, […]

Is Morsi going to be Egypt’s Bhutto?


The news of death sentence of ex-president of Egypt was shocking. It is never easy to read such depressing news. But, perhaps, this is what the reality is, in present day politics. Ex-president Morsi was the first ever democratically elected president of modern Egypt. He was overthrown in a coup on July, 3, 2013. Before […]

Elite women: elite or just women?


She steps out of her car, one manicured foot after the other, sunglasses, blow-dried hair, statement lipstick, her shalwar kameez – If she’s chosen to wear one instead of her usual western attire – does not give the usual impression of modesty and decency. You can tell; she’s an elite woman. But what makes her […]


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